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Snow packed road causes accident in Audubon County; 2 arrests Saturday in Audubon County


January 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An icy road contributed to an accident Friday morning, about 5-miles west of Audubon. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday (today), a vehicle driven by 47-year old Marcia Lynette Christensen, of Audubon, was traveling north on Dove Avenue at around 9-a.m.  When she attempted to turn east at the T-intersection with 200th Street, Christensen’s car slid off the road and landed in a ditch on the north side of 200th, coming to rest against the embankment. Christensen was transported to the Audubon County Memorial Hospital by Audubon Rescue.

In other news, the Sheriff’s Office reports two men were arrested Saturday on separate charges. 40-year old David James Elliott, of Guthrie Center, was arrested at around 5-p.m. by authorities in Guthrie County on an outstanding Audubon County warrant for Revocation of Probation. Elliott was transported to the Audubon County Jail and held on $2,500 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Court Monday afternoon.

And at around 11-p.m., Saturday, a trooper with the Iowa State Patrol arrested 46-year old Jeffrey Robert Albert, of Kimballton, on a charge of OWI/1st offense. The charge was the result of a traffic stop on Highway 173, south of Kimballton. Albert was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released after appearing before a magistrate. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office assisted in conducting the arrest.

Treynor sexual exploitation cases to be consolidated


January 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A pair of cases involving a Treynor teacher and coach have been consolidated. The Daily NonPareil  reports court records show 45-year Michael Travis, faces four counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. Fourth District Court Judge Mark Eveloff granted a motion to consolidate the cases. Travis was charged in May with two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee for alleged inappropriate touching of two softball players during separate incidents in 2002 and 2006. The women are now ages 21 and 27.

Two more alleged victims later came forward with accusations against the Treynor man. Travis has pleaded not guilty to the initial charges and is scheduled to stand trial on Jan. 27. Sexual exploitation by a school employee is a Class D felony and carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years on each charge.

Travis has been on administrative leave from the district since April.

Audubon Community Banquet held Saturday night


January 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon Chamber of Commerce held its annual “Audubon Community Banquet” Saturday night. During the event, officials presented the “2014 Citizen of Year” award to 93-year old William P. Roth, who has lived in Audubon most of his life. Roth served in the National Guard, and was held prisoner more than 800 days during World War Two. He’s shared those experiences with school children, clubs and adults, is a published author, and has served the community through many organizations, including the local fire department, American Legion, the Audubon County Conservation Board, Isaac Walton League and Boy Scouts. Roth and his wife Dorothy have three children and two grandchildren.

The Chamber presented Bradley Nissen with its “2014 Junior Citizen of the Year” award, Saturday. Nissen is the son of Mark and Sandy Nissen. He’s been very active in the school system and throughout the community, is an athlete, a past National Honor Society Vice-President, Senior Class President, and Class Officer all four-years at the high school. Upon graduation from high school, will pursue an education with an emphasis on Architecture. He’s been accepted at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA., and at ISU in Ames.  Bradley has two sisters, Amy and Ashley.

And, the Audubon Chamber of Commerce presented the “2014 Community Service Award” to members of the “Firehouse Flames,” for their outstanding commitment and contributions to the citizens of Audubon County. The group was organized in Sept., 2009, and is comprised of 22 women who are the wives or girlfriends of firefighters.  They hold monthly meeting and yearly election of officers.

Some of their activities over the past year include: Monthly bingo for all ages; Garage sale tailgater suppers and bake sales; Babysitter courses for 5th graders; Games at the Audubon County Fair for kids; A Children’s Christmas Carnival, in December; working at some funeral luncheons and other events; and holding the Fire Prevention open house.

The group has donated funds raised from their activities to local fire victims, Caring and Sharing and at least 19 other programs and/or services.

Authorities say NW Iowa man’s death is suspicious


January 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials in northwest Iowa man say the death of a man in his home Friday, appears to have occurred under suspicious circumstances. The Omaha World-Herald says a firefighter determined that 29-year old Dustin T. Wilder was dead at the home at 621 Buckley St.  Deputies and firefighters were sent about 7: 15 a.m. to the home for an unconscious man and found Wilder.

Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office Major Todd Wieck did not say why Wilder’s death was considered suspicious. The cause and manner of Wilder’s death were not released.

Branstad to kick off second term with limited goals


January 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is kicking off his sixth term with a limited list of goals, most notably increasing roads funding, but so far without any major legacy project on the horizon. Branstad will give the annual condition of the state address Tuesday, laying out his priorities. He is expected to renew support for expanding broadband Internet and cracking down on bullying, as well as offering a pledge to secure more funding for Iowa’s bridges and roads, many of which are considered deteriorating or deficient.

Branstad said there would not be any “big surprises” in the speech. This is different than four years ago when the Republican Branstad was elected to a fifth term after time away from office. He ran with an ambitious plan to create jobs and reform government.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Jan. 11 2015


January 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit Iowa on Wednesday to talk about making high speed Internet access more available nationwide. The White House has not said yet where the event will take place in Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in Iowa have decided to carry on with their presidential straw poll, a political tradition that detractors decry as a meaningless sideshow. Despite criticism from some prominent Republicans, the Republican Party of Iowa’s central committee unanimously voted Saturday to keep the event going. This year’s straw poll will be held in August.

WODEN, Iowa (AP) — A north Iowa woman has died and her husband critically injured after the pair walked away from their vehicle when it became stranded in a blizzard. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the body of 76-year-old Lilah Hobbs of rural Woden was found late Thursday or early Friday on the shoulder of a road about a mile from their truck, which was stuck in snow. Her husband, 77-year-old James Hobbs, was found in a field about 150 yards from the road. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A Clear Lake man has been arrested and charged with a felony count of neglect or abandonment of a dependent person. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that 49-year-old Brian McDaid was booked Friday night into the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $10,0000 cash or surety bond.

Oil could drive down ethanol profits, but industry shielded

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January 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SHENANDOAH, Iowa (AP) — Ethanol producers will likely have to endure leaner profits this year because of the collapse of oil prices, but demand for the fuel additive will remain strong. The cheap oil will likely cut into ethanol profits because oil refiners will want to pay less for the corn-based additive. But the industry is somewhat shielded by a federal biofuel mandate and the need to boost octane in gasoline.

Plus, University of Illinois agricultural economist Scott Irwin says, ethanol producers might thrive if exports or gas consumption surge higher than expected. At Green Plains’ ethanol plant near Shenandoah, Iowa, roughly 100 grain trucks a day continue to deliver corn to be converted into ethanol. CEO Todd Becker says ethanol has a permanent place in the fuel supply.

President Obama heading to Iowa on Wednesday


January 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama will visit Iowa on Wednesday to talk about making high speed Internet access more available nationwide. The White House said Saturday that Obama plans to talk about ways to make the Internet more accessible and affordable. The Iowa stop is part of a series of events Obama is doing to preview proposals in his State of the Union address.

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said in a statement Saturday that Internet access is a shared priority. Branstad plans to focus on legislation to improve rural broadband Internet access during the upcoming legislative session. A similar effort failed to win approval in the Legislature last year.

The White House has not said where in Iowa the event will take place.

Chase Ends in Arrest of Stanton Man Saturday


January 10th, 2015 by Chris Parks

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Officials were led on a pursuit early Saturday morning that ended in a Stanton man being arrested.  Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop at approximately 2:57am at 190th Street and M Avenue in Montgomery County when the vehicle fled the scene and led deputies on a chase.

The vehicle was later determined to be stolen from Stanton on Friday and deputies were eventually able to disable the vehicle and arrest the driver.  27-year-old Richard Dean Pierce III of Stanton was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Theft, Felony Eluding, and Driving While Barred.  Pierce III was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $5,000 cash bond.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Red Oak Police Department, Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Cass County K-9, Pottawattamie County, and Iowa State Patrol.

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